Louisiana public school performance scores improved in the final year before a new system of tougher tests goes into effect, according to data released Thursday. Across the state, 43 percent of schools received an A or B grade in 2012-13, compared to 36 percent the year before. Only 8 percent of schools are failing, down from 12 percent. (Search the database by school or school system.)
“The news in Louisiana is very good. Our students have achieved some things that we’ve set out for them,” state Superintendent John White said.